Samsung hints at new TouchWiz UI for Galaxy S5

Samsung Electronics continues the buildup to its "Unpacked" event on Feb. 24, where it is expected to unveil the Galaxy S5, and is now dropping hints that it will also update its TouchWiz user interface.

On an official company blog the smartphone maker updated its event invitation with icons for nine categories: Speed, Outdoor, Curiosity, Fun, Social, Style, Privacy, Fitness and Life. All the icons have a superscript 5, suggesting that they will be taken to the power of 5, as The Verge notes.

The icons themselves have a flat and redesigned look. Additionally, the introduction of icons for outdoor and fitness could indicate new functions coming for the Galaxy S5, as well as a greater focus on privacy and security .


Samsung's invitation includes nine icons.

While the S5 is expected to have design enhancements and other improvements, according to a recent New York Times report, Samsung is likely to focus on a new version of its Knox security software to attract more enterprise customers. The Times report, citing an unnamed source "in the smartphone industry with knowledge of the plans," said the flagship Galaxy S5 will not include an eye-scanner that lets the phone identify its owner or a so-called Quad HD, or WQHD, display. However, the phone is expected to include a better camera and a higher-performance processor.

TIME roundup of the S5 rumors floating around online predicted the gadget is likely to sport a 5.2-inch, 1080p display, have a 16-megapixel rear camera with improved low-light photography, a 3.2-megapixel front-facing camera and a Qualcomm (NASDAQ:QCOM) Snapdragon 805 chip for some variants. The phone will likely debut globally in April and in the U.S. in May.

For more:
- see this Samsung blog post
- see this CNET article
- see this The Verge article

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